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School bond passes

Unofficial results indicate more than 50 percent of district voters participated
The $15.8 million bond levy to improve 509-J School District facilities has passed, unofficial results indicate.
   With 1,464 votes in favor and 1,331 against, that's more than 50 percent of the district's eligible voters participating, which is what proponents needed to pass their bond.
   The school district will use the bond money to remodel and upgrade both Madras High School and Buff Elementary, and also replace aging gym floors in Madras Elementary and Metolius Elementary.
   Jefferson County Clerk Kathy Marston said her office still needed to tally votes that may have been picked up in other counties before results are official. They must also determine exactly what percentage of voters participated.
   But none of these remaining loose ends, Marston said, will shift the outcome of vote.